EqualHouse (senior) Post-Doctoral Researcher

EqualHouse (senior) Post-Doctoral Researcher

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29 Sep 24 Oct Tilburg

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Tilburg University | Sociology is looking for a EqualHouse (senior) Post-Doctoral Researcher (0.8-1.0 FTE). The Department of Sociology at Tilburg University (the Netherlands) is looking for an experienced Post-Doctoral Researcher, who has the skills and enthusiasm to investigate the scale, character, and dynamics of housing inequality and its interplay with income and wealth inequalities across Europe and the United Kingdom.

Job description

Together with a team of researchers in Tilburg and elsewhere in Europe, you will work on the research project From Housing Inequality to Sustainable, Inclusive and Affordable Housing Solutions (EqualHouse), financed by the European Commission (Horizon Europe) and scheduled to start in 2024.

Access to decent and affordable housing is a basic human need as well as a human right. These needs and rights, however, are not always fulfilled in Europe. At the same time, in recent decades housing has become an increasing focus for investment, income and wealth generation, as well as intergenerational transmission, amongst high-income and wealthy individuals and families. These trends have contributed to housing affordability and accessibility problems for an ever-larger population. In sum, housing is both an important form, as well as a significant driver, of inequality.

Within EqualHouse you will focus on investigating the scale, character, and dynamics of housing inequality and its interplay with income and wealth inequalities across Europe and the United Kingdom. The following objectives and associated deliverables need to be achieved:

  • Provide a comprehensive profile of the scale, character, and dynamics of various forms of housing inequality across Europe and the UK, and unpack intersections with relevant socio-demographic characteristics (e.g. gender), including the development of housing inequality indicators of relevance to policymakers and other researchers (possibly in terms of contributing to the supervision of a more junior researcher)
  • Explore and investigate the multi-directional relationships between income and wealth polarization, housing markets and these housing inequalities by:
    o    Contributing towards a theoretical framework addressing these relationships
    o    Exploring, designing, and investigating strategies to harmonize and integrate data from various pan-European surveys (e.g. EU-SILC, HFCS)
    o    Using quantitative multivariate approaches to analyze the multi-level drivers of patterns and trends in housing inequality.


Tilburg University


We are looking for a (senior) Post-Doctoral Researcher with:

  • A background in Sociology and/or Social Policy, Political Science/Political Economy or Social Geography
  • Strong skills in terms of data management and working with complex survey data (e.g., income and wealth distributions), quantitative analysis for the social sciences
  • A keen interest in, or willingness to engage with, the nuts and bolts of housing provision systems, and their structural relationships with families, welfare states, and markets
  • Enthusiasm to collaborate in and with a team of transdisciplinary researchers, as well as with housing policymakers and other key stakeholders involved in EqualHouse, working towards more effective responses to housing inequality
  • Proficiency in English is a prerequisite, proficiency in other languages is an advantage, good verbal and written communication skills.

Conditions of employment

This is a position for 0.8/1.0 FTE (32/40 hours per week) of the full-time working week. 

The salary amounts to a minimum of €4.332,- and a maximum of €5.929,- gross per month for full time employment contract, based on UFO profile Onderzoeker 3 and salary scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Tilburg University uses a neutral salary system for scaling that is based on relevant education and work experience. 

This is a vacancy of which the work is temporarily financed based on project financing in accordance with Article 2.3, paragraph 7 sub b of the CLA for Dutch Universities, namely From Housing Inequality to Sustainable, Inclusive and Affordable Housing Solutions (EqualHouse), European Commission. You will be given a temporary employment contract for the duration of 21 months. Continuation of this position depends on the availability of financial resources.

You are entitled to a vacation allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross annual income. If you work 40 hours per week, you will receive 41 paid days of leave per year. Tilburg University offers excellent employment conditions. We think flexibility, professional and personal development, and good employee benefits important. We make clear agreements about career paths and offer all kinds of facilities and schemes to maintain an optimal balance between work and private life. You can also follow numerous training courses, for example in the areas of leadership skills, personal effectiveness, and career development. 

Tilburg University values an open and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity and encourage the mutual integration of groups of employees and students. We focus on creating equal opportunities for all our employees and students, so that everyone feels at home in our university community. Tilburg University has a lively campus in beautiful green surroundings that is easily accessible by public transport. We are committed to a sustainable society and challenge you to make an active contribution.

Please visit working at Tilburg University for more information on our terms of employment. 


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  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 21887



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